|This is last month's issue - this month isn't|
- It treats running like a sport, featuring professional athletes (at all levels, from high school to masters level) whose performances we can follow.
- At the same time, it treats running like a participatory sport, with advice for improving your performance as a runner.
- The focus is on performance and not simply on participation. The tone of the magazine assumes that its readers are experienced runners.
It's hard to keep from comparing Running Times with Runner's World. I subscribe to (and enjoy) both magazines. That said, Runner's World seemed to undergo a shift a few years ago to cater more toward amateur runners. I'm an amateur runner, sure, but I'm still concerned about my performance. I nearly gave up on Runner's World a few months back when they did a feature on a runner who knits... during marathons. Props to her, and I'm sure her times are better than mine, but I try to eschew gimmicks.
So what treats did this month's magazine have in store for us?
First of all, they have an extensive feature on elite women who balance full-time work with competitive training. The take home message? (As always:) I get too much sleep, evidently.
But next, my favorite part. Find it yourself above or on p. 64: compression may just work as well as ice baths for recovery. VINDICATION for those of us who hate ice baths!!!